World Haemophilia Day 2020: History and Its Importance.

Read here about the history and importance of Haemophilia day. Also, know what is Haemophilia and how you can observe World Haemophilia day, this year.

by Monika

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 12:36 IST

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World Haemophilia Day.

April 17th of every year is observed as World Haemophilia Day is a worldwide campaign to create awareness about haemophilia, which is mostly an inherited genetic disorder that leads to impaired ability of the body to make blood clots. World Haemophilia Day also aims to make people aware of similar bleeding disorders in a bid to provide timely diagnosis and treatment. Today is the 30th anniversary of World Haemophilia Day. The theme for this year is “Get+involved.” It aims at the involvement of everyone in the community to share knowledge about inherited bleeding disorders so that family, friends, well-wishers, colleagues can support the affected patient as it has found that most of the patients suffering from this disease either do not get proper treatment or no treatment at all.

History of World Haemophilia Day.

World Haemophilia Day is an initiative of the World Federation of Haemophilia that was started in 1989. It was done to honour the birth anniversary of Frank Schnabel, who was the founder of the World Federation of Haemophilia.

It was in the 10th century that people became aware of haemophilia. And, it was Dr. John Conrad Otto of Philadelphia who discovered that it is a hereditary illness that leaves affected people to bleed to death.

How to Observe the Day?

Various events are conducted every year throughout the world to mark the significance of the day and to spread awareness about the illness. But, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is a need of the hour. So, World Haemophilia Day 2020 can be observed by getting involved virtually and celebrating the hard work of medical professionals during this epidemic. Use your social media handles to engage with others to feel connected and make people aware of the significance of World Haemophilia Day and its aim. Protection Status